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Yoruba leaders roar over Igboho’s planned arrest
Reported moves by the Nigerian Police to arrest Yoruba-born activist, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, widely known as Sunday Igboho has been condemned by notable leaders from Yoruba land.
Igboho revealed to had turned down multiple invitation letters drafted to him by Nigeria’s Inspector General Police.
The letters delivered on Thursday through courier service by fifteen police officers were rejected.
Giving reason why he dishonored both letters, Adeyemo via his media aide, Olayomi Koiki noted he did so for his safety citing death of Dele Giwa, Yoruba’s foremost journalist who was killed through a mail bomb explosion in 1986.
Reacting earlier, Afenifere and the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), two foremost Yoruba groups that kicked against the IG’s action, described it as abnormal and unjustifiable.
Pa Ayo Adebanjo of the Afenifere stated that the invitation has indicated Nigeria is under civilian dictatorship while
Two foremost Yoruba groups, Afenifere and the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), took exception to the action of the IGP which they described as abnormal and unjustifiable.
Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, described the letter as showing that Nigeria is under civilian dictatorship, while Dr. Kunle Olajide, the Secretary-General of the YCE, wondered Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) leaders have not been issued the same invitation who had repeatedly insulted law and decency.
Speaking via a telephone interview on Friday with Tribune, Pa Adebanjo recalled it was in such a similar incident Dele Giwa was killed after receiving a letter without knowing it contained a bomb.
He justified Igboho’s position to had refused the letter invitation as this is a perilous time.
He further advised the activist to be vigilant adding that he has the right to agitate in a democratic setting.
In his words: “The action shows that Nigeria is under civilian dictatorship under Buhari. “What is the letter for? That was how they sent a letter with a bomb to Dele Giwa.
“We are not in a normal situation at all. This is a time where people die without any traces. So, there is the need for people to be careful.”
Dr. Olajide in his part on Saturday stated: “The Miyetti Allah has spoken on television and in newspapers making more inciting and terrorising statements in the last one year and none of its leaders was invited. So, for me, I do not see any justification for inviting Sunday Igboho.
“We still have the fundamental human right to freedom of expression as long as you don’t incite people or cause any chaos or breach of the peace. For me, Miyetti Allah, that is, the MACBAN, ought to have been invited not less than a hundred times.
“They have issued statements which they have not denied. They have inserted the names of the authors of the statements. I have watched them on television insulting constituted authorities like Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on more than one occasion, and nobody has invited them. “This is about the only country I know where government gives sympathy or support to bandits. The dictionary meaning of bandits, to me, is criminals. And if somebody claims to know where they are and goes there to meet them, then he is a suspect for interrogation.
“If the letter is truly from the IGP, then for me, that is unfair. I don’t think the IGP will want to invite somebody to travel hundreds of kilometers when there are police formations, AIGs in zones, CPs, ACPs and area commanders. We also have the SSS and so on in every state, even in local governments. No, I do not support and I do not agree with that.”
Confirming the invitation when contacted, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi of the Oyo command distanced the state police involvement.
The state’s PPRO cleared that the letter was directed from Force Criminal Investigation Department in Abuja.